Atjar Tjampoer

Title: Atjar Tjampoer
Categories: Side dish, Indonesian, Vegetables
Yield: 1 Batch

100 g Carrots
Salt
100 g Green beans
4 Scallions
100 g White cabbage
2 Toes of garlic
1/4 Cucumber
1 tb Oil
150 ml Vinegar
100 g Bean sprouts/shoots
1 tb Sugar
1 ts Powdered ginger
1 ts Kunjit/kurkuma
1 ts Sambal ulek

Cut carrot into the size of matches. Cut beans in 1″ pieces. Chafe the
cabbage. In a pan with a little water and salt, boil the vegetables for 5
minutes. Drain. Cut cucumber in *small* cubes. Peel scallions and garlic.
Put in kitchen machine; cut to paste. Mix with sambal, kunjit and ginger.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry the herb-mixture for 2 minutes. Add vinegar
and sugar; stir to dissolve sugar. Add all vegetables (also the ones not
cooked yet); add a *little* water if there is too little liquid. Boil
softly for 2 minutes. Put in a bowl and let cool. You can also preserve it
by putting the hot veggies in sterilized screw-lid jars (metal lids with a
‘dome’ in the middle are quite handy, I always save jam-jars when they’re
empty); add liquid as well. Screw the lids on. Place jars upside down until
cooled completely (the ‘dome’ in the lid will be down, this is to check if
the jar closed well). Can be kept for at least a year (store in dark place
to avoid having the color goes away). Nice as a present! Kunjit or kurkuma
is a herb. If I look on the jar, it says ‘powdered yellow-root’. It is used
to color this dish, and other dishes as well. In that way it is much like
saffron, although kunjit tastes a little bitter. Sambal ulek [INDONESIA]:
Used as an accompaniment and in cooking. Made by crushing fresh red chilis
with a little salt. Remove the seeds from the chilis, chop finely, then
crush with salt using a pestle and mortar. Three chilis will make about 1
tablespoon sambal ulek. Also available ready-prepared in small jars from
Oriental stores and some delicatessens. This is a refreshing side dish made
of crisp, sweet-and-sour vegetables. Goes really well with Nasi Goreng. The
dish can be kept in the fridge for a few days.